And Then There Was @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy

  And Then There Was @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy

When I close my eyes and pray

I see their names and faces

Not labels, stigma or diagnoses 

But their stories of life’s races

If I were to pass them in the street

They wouldn’t even know me 

Feels like I know them just the same 

They’re incredible souls

Who were brave enough 

To shed insight to their pain

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

They have taught me things I did not know

Things others would pretend to be aware of 

Things like how the weather can affect Kitt  

whose been diagnosed as Bipolar

I knew that rain could cause stiffness in joints 

But now know seasons changing can make despair hover

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Then there’s Robert 

an artist and my new cyberbuddy who taught me about Dissociative Identity Disorder 

He too shares and gives and pours

Out to others though life tries to intermittently dehydrate his faucet

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Last but not least I see 

Jules to J u l i a 

  Who’s changed more than her avi

A gorgeous Suicide Attempt Survivor diagnosed as Schizoaffective

Courageously Sober since 2.10.15 

She no longer sees that vice as a hobby

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

They weren’t and aren’t afraid to share their speed bumps  

From the beginning with thousands like me

Those of us who have struggles too but at times struggle to share all of the steps taken to victory

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

I think about them all the time

It’s an honor to cover them in prayer 

Praying for them and their loved ones That the sun somehow always shines

And they’re replenished for how many they care

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

I wonder at times if they realize

How many they have helped

By being immensely transparent 

If they know they’re a blessing 

From them I’ve learned so much

Can’t help but wonder if it’s apparent

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

If they’re not reblogging

Or pinning an interest

They’re thoughtfully responding 

With kindness 

Highlighting the journeys of others 

Helping their voices be heard

Opening deaf ears 

Interrupting willful blindness

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Thank you LORD for WHO they are

Not what doctors and naysayers have told them

Fearfully and wonderfully made

Diamonds in the rough 

Outshining many a star

Bless them now Father

With peace, strength and joy

Beyond what they could ever fathom

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

Kitt, Robert and Julia

May you forever be encouraged

May days of beauty and clarity

Outnumber every tear you ever shed

And every time in despondent disbelief 

You shook your head

~~~~~•~~~~~~~~~~•~~~~~

May you know sharing your story

Was not in vain 

I along with countless others

Are cheering you on from the sideline 

And guess what?

I peeked ahead

YOU WIN


Inspired by your life and glad you’re in mine,

e

© Ericka Arthur and authenticitee, 2015 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ericka Arthur and authenticitee with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

Photo Credits @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy

23 thoughts on “And Then There Was @KittOMalley @Robrt_M_Goldste & @_thenewsexy

  1. Ericka, you such a blessing. Keep writing, encouraging, and inspiring. It is sad that some of us struggle so hard to keep our struggles secret when sharing really does often help. I say to you as Paul said to the Thessalonians (5:11 “encourage one another and build each other up, jujst as in fact you are doing.” Blessings to you, dear one.

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  2. Reblogged this on Kitt O'Malley and commented:
    Ericka Arthur aka authenticitee aka e wrote this beautiful prayer poem to me (who lives with bipolar disorder), Robert Goldstein (who lives with dissociative identity disorder), and Julia aka sexyschizo (who lives with schizoaffective disorder). Thank you, e.

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